Rise of seniors: Americans over 75 thrive in modern workforce

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An elderly man is seen posing for the camera. — Representational image from Unsplash.
An elderly man is seen posing for the camera. — Representational image from Unsplash. 

Ever wondered who's steering the remarkable growth in the workforce in the United States? 

The one-line answer is it's seniors over 75 reshaping the landscape. 

The golden years are witnessing an unprecedented surge in productivity, with older Americans at the forefront, logging in longer hours and enjoying heftier paychecks.

Are you ready for a paradigm shift? 

Recent Pew Research Center findings reveal a threefold surge in senior employment from 2% in 1987 to a robust 7% today. But it's not just a numerical uptick; it's a cultural transformation. American employers are now relying on the skills of 11 million older workers, a fourfold increase since the mid-1980s, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics projecting a staggering 97% growth in the next decade.

What's propelling this silver surge? 

It's a mix of longer life expectancy, evolving retirement plans, economic necessity, and policy changes nudging the retirement age to 67. 

The result? 

Seasoned workers are staying in the game, healthier and more educated, embracing flexible and less strenuous work that makes staying in the workforce both viable and enjoyable.

But the question looms – how do you prepare for an extended work life? 

The workplace landscape is shifting. Gallup reports the average expected retirement age has risen from 60 in the 1990s to a robust 66 today. A global Bain & Company study adds weight, predicting a significant shift with 150 million jobs transitioning to workers over 55 by 2030.

Job satisfaction becomes paramount. 

Older workers are shaping their careers on their terms, with 23% being self-employed. Surprisingly, over 65s express higher job satisfaction, finding work enjoyable and fulfilling, ushering in a new era of "flexitirement" – phased retirement allowing fewer hours while retaining financial and health benefits.

Yet, there's a caveat. Census data paints a stark reality – nearly half of Americans aged 55 to 66 lack personal retirement savings. 

To truly relish your extended career, a solid retirement plan is non-negotiable, ensuring you work because you want to, not because you have to. 

So, are you ready to redefine your golden years in the workforce? The silver surge awaits.